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Six degrees of separation

6 degrees of separation

As usual, according to Wiki, 6 degrees of separation is:
"The theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of 'a friend of a friend' statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps"

We might also have stumble across this situation, where the person who we just met actually know someone who we knows. In my case, few that I remember are; my sister who found out that her lecturer during degree is actually my uncle's good friend. Another is my friend actually know my friend (not close enough) from degree studies, and the expert I interviewed last week is someone whom my friend has worked together during conference. See, others might have same experience and even funny story behind it.

The theory make us think and we can say that we are all actually related or connected to each other. The 6 steps show how close we are from each other. Besides that, this remind us that we must be humble and not belittle others as there are no big difference between us. Professor Albert-Laslo Barabasi from Northeastern University said that there is no isolate person in a network. Each person on the network depend on each other. We must question on how the person contact others. I have analyse a online forum network before, so, that is means, even there are so many isolate members in the forum, that doesn't means they are isolate. Behind that virtual activities, they might somehow communicate with each other, maybe through calling or meet at the cafe.

There is a video which prove the '6 degrees of separation' theory. A document which pass to a foreign country are able to arrive Boston through 6 peoples. 

The great things is this theory might also help in various field such as finding the solution/understanding the genetic disease, virus spread or military tactic in targeting influence people.

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